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A Consolation

1 Oct

When I left for vacation in July, I was actually getting close to having my yard under control.  By the time I got back, the area where the magnolia tree used to be was out of control.

Without the shade, the weeds just grow like crazy, and I never could get it back under control this summer.

But, now that the weeds are eight feet tall and producing tons of seed so that it will be even worse next year, I have found a bit of a consolation prize.

The birds are thrilled to have the seeds to snack on.  I guess I’ll call it good and worry about it next year.

Bluebirds and Butterflies

28 Sep

There are lots of bluebirds in pasture right now.

two of them in this picture (flying and on top)

They are not a brilliant blue, so I’m guessing they are juveniles.

Pretty soon, they will start their migration to warmer climates for the winter.

I’m going to enjoy seeing them out in pasture as long as I can before they head south.  And there are a lot of wild asters in the ditch right now.  I hadn’t seen this many butterflies in one place since we went into the butterfly room at the Long Island Aquarium. They are perfect for these late summer butterflies. Painted Lady

Yellow Sulfur

I finally figured out the difference between the viceroy and the monarch butterflies because they were both right there on the same plant.

Monarch (larger and not black line on the bottom wing)

Viceroy (smaller and the black line on the bottom wing)

There is also a little bit of fresh clover after our recent rains.

Painted Lady


Hopefully, they last for a while longer.

A Bird Walk

21 Sep

Last Sunday, I decided I needed a break from everything.  So I took the camera and went out to pasture.  It was a good day for enjoying birds, and a couple were even cooperative when I wanted to take their picture.

a blackbird (I think)

Eastern Phoebe

red-headed woodpecker


northern flicker



Eastern Phoebe

I hope I can do this more.  I might have to ignore tomatoes.